WeGovNow will tap into emerging technologies for effectively supporting co-production by civic society stakeholders and collective proposition development, whereby citizens are partners, as opposed to customers, in the delivery of public services. By integrating a set of innovative technologies within a unified citizen engagement platform, the project will overcome the current limitations of existing digital tools for citizen reporting, e-participation and communication between the citizen and the government.
WeGovNow would enable a new type of interactivity, enhancing and expanding the viability of and capacity for citizen co-production in the public sector, not only in a traditional citizen-to-government dynamic, but also in an arrangement where the government informs, assists, and enables private actions, or where citizens assist one another, with IT replacing the dependency on administrations as a vehicle for collective action. The project outcomes will be validated in three European cities.
This project is working to offer inclusive solutions by addressing risks of digital exclusion from the offset and throughout the project’s life cycle. Legal, ethical and other framework conditions for implementing the WeGovNow project and digital tools in day-to-day settings will be systematically explored and considered. This will optimise the democratic legitimacy of the WeGovNow approach and the exploitability of tangible project outputs. It will also enable the development of an evidence-based guidance on the further mainstreaming of WeGovNow solutions and provide directions for further research.